Dunlap School Board to vote on reducing number of teachers

By WEEK Producer

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Dunlap School District 323 will vote Wednesday on a proposal to help fix a $2 million budget deficit for the 2015 fiscal year.

On the table is cutting 17 full-time teaching positions.

The employees at risk of being let go were notified Thursday.

The school board president said property values in Dunlap declined at the same time the district saw record growth.

Parents think there are still other places to cut, before cutting teachers.

"I think what upsets me the most is that in this solution, there is not shared sacrifice with the administrators," said Karen Disharoon, a Dunlap parents. "Our administrators have doubled in number over the last five years and the cost of those administrators has tripled but all of this solution is on the backs of teachers and is going to affect children the most."

"We feel that the administrators, as well as the teachers, are paid at what we call the top of the market. We've asked folks to share with us the comprables, we look at that for every single personnel position in the district," said Amy Fairfield Doering, the Dunlap School Board President.

The school board president said employee salaries and benefits account for 85-percent of the overall budget.

The seven member board will vote on the proposal Wednesday night at 7 at Dunlap Grade School.

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